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The new Common Core State Standards for English have stirred plenty of controversy. In a Vermont classroom full of 8th graders, they are working on a cornerstone of the core: close reading.
A man living at East 12th St. in Brooklyn received a letter postmarked in 1969. It was addressed to Susan Heifetz, who'd lived at the apartment as a child. The letter wished her a happy 19th birthday.
Two men in Minnesota have been charged with burglary. A dispatcher was able to send the police right to the scene of the crime. One of the men accidentally pocket-dialed 911.
Years since two filmmakers discovered a group of musicians in a Guinea refugee camp, that group — Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars — continues to make new music. Banning Eyre says their latest album is guaranteed to make you smile.
During a hearing Tuesday, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy vented anger about a USAID program to fund a failed, Twitter-like network in Cuba.
Godleaves Mukamunana, left, hid Domitil Mukakumuranga, in her house for week...
"I would do it again and again and again," says one Hutu woman who defied orders and sheltered Tutsis during the 1994 genocide. Rwanda is beginning to recognize people who rescued those at risk.